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50 mummies unearthed in Egyptian tomb


Posted on Wednesday, 30 April, 2014 | Comment icon 8 comments

Egypt's Valley of the Kings. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Nowic
The discovery was made by Swiss archaeologists during an excavation in Egypt's Valley of the Kings.
The finding this week of a tomb containing the remains of at least 50 people has been generating great interest in archaeology circles and demonstrates that there is still much left undiscovered beneath Egypt's desert sands.

The remains, believed to date back to the 18th Pharaonic dynasty, were found alongside several artifacts including wooden coffins that would have originally contained the bodies and death masks that are believed to have been used during the burial ceremonies.

Some of the mummies are thought to be princes and princesses however much of what was once buried alongside them has long been lost. An initial study of the tomb and the remains suggests that the chamber had been raided several times over the last few thousand years.

Source: Reuters | Comments (8)

Tags: Egypt, Mummies, Valley of the Kings


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by I_Am_Avatar_Korra on 29 April, 2014, 20:47
50? Wow. Wonderful that they're still finding mummies there! I'm so happy.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Ashotep on 29 April, 2014, 23:18
That's amazing, you would think by now there would be little left to be discovered.
Comment icon #3 Posted by 6.6.6 on 30 April, 2014, 14:54
Must have been a post natal group that got caught in a landslide
Comment icon #4 Posted by paperdyer on 30 April, 2014, 16:24
If the area has been raided as suspected, I doubt tat much of value will be found. A shame.
Comment icon #5 Posted by JKoene on 30 April, 2014, 17:03
Who is paying for digging up graves?
Comment icon #6 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 1 May, 2014, 13:18
If the area has been raided as suspected, I doubt tat much of value will be found. A shame. It would be interesting to know how raiders are so quip on locating these tombs. They seem to know they're way around with greater ease than archeologists. That's assuming what is reported in the article that any treasures were taken in the last few hundred years is true.
Comment icon #7 Posted by DieChecker on 1 May, 2014, 22:41
I've heard that most tombs didn't last over 100 years as the children and grandchildren of the workers who built the tombs go back and clean them out. Or, follow on Pharaohs go back and clean them out for the gold and items.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Yes_Man on 3 May, 2014, 8:42
Who is paying for digging up graves? Who is paying for digging up graves? The University, but the raiders were the first some time ago. It would be interesting to know how raiders are so quip on locating these tombs. They seem to know they're way around with greater ease than archeologists. That's assuming what is reported in the article that any treasures were taken in the last few hundred years is true. Or it could be raiders hiring archaeologists themselves


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